Social Security Disability Benefits Appeals

Social Security Disability Appeals

If your disability claim has been denied, it’s important to know that you still have options. Many claims are denied because insufficient medical evidence has been provided to prove that you are disabled. Perhaps you have not been seeing the right specialists, or you may have provided inadequate medical records. It’s even possible that your doctor simply did not understand the legal requirements for your claim. And it’s possible that Social Security is at fault: the reviewers may have misinterpreted your medical records and denied your claim.

Consult and Attorney Before Applying for Benefits

Typically, the Social Security Administration won’t disagree with your medical diagnosis or the fact that you are impaired. The problem usually lies in the fact that you did not prove the legal requirement for being “disabled.” This is why you should consult with a skilled attorney who specializes in disability benefits claims. At Thurswell Law, we work closely with our clients to review the medical proof that is required for each claim.

Understanding the Appeals Process

If you have already received a denial of benefits, we can help you go through the Social Security Disability appeals process. A request generally must be made within 60 days of the date of the denial letter, and your request must be in writing.

In Michigan, as in some other states, appeals go directly to the Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, where an administrative judge will review the appeal. The wait time can be extensive, often 12 months or longer. Appeals at the hearing stage are made to the Appeals Council, which has the power to deny the appeal, remand for another hearing, or approve your claim. The only recourse after a denial at the Appeals Council is to file a civil action in the U.S. District Court.

How Thurswell Law Can Help

At Thurswell Law, we have extensive experience in handling disability claims, and we know what it takes to optimize your chances of approval. This is especially important because of there’s often a lengthy wait time to collecting benefits. A large number of claims are denied if they are not supported with sufficient medical evidence.

If your claim has been denied, we will work to prepare an appeal and help you attain the benefits you deserve. For a free consultation to discuss your options, give us a call at 248-354-2222.

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